Founded in 1966 the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto is one of Italian's foremost performing chamber ensembles.
The Orchestra's annual program of activities is extensive (about 150 performances) and includes subscription series in Padova, concerts in regional centres, guest performances for well renowned italian chamber music Festivals, international tours on a regular basis (Europe, Japan, Nord and South America).
The first Music Director of the Orchestra was Claudio Scimone, followed by Bruno Giuranna and Guido Turchi. Mario Brunello was the Music Director from 2002 to 2004. Filippo Juvarra is the Artistic Manager of the Orchestra since 1994. Violinist Piero Toso is the Concertmaster since its foundation. Maestro Peter Maag, critically acclaimed as one of the world's renowned performers of Mozart repertoire, has been the Principal Conductor of the ensemble from 1983 to 2001.
The Orchestra has been distinguished by the number of top musicians and acclaimed soloists who have joined its ranks (Argerich , Ashkenazy, Ax, Buchbinder, Fournier, Maisky, Mutter, Mintz, Perahia, Perlman, Rostropovich, Szeryng, Zimerman...) and the outstanding roster of international guest conductors with whom it has played (Barbirolli, Brueggen, Chailly Gavazzeni, Goebel, Marriner, Melles, K. Richter, Vegh, among others).
In addition to playing, the Orchestra maintains a strong commitment to educational activities that provide quality musical programs and experiences for students of all ages (from school children to University students). In 1970 its achievements where recognised by its appointment as the sole concertistic and orchestral Institution of the Veneto Region; a few years later, the Orchestra obtained the legal status by Italian Government.
The Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto enjoys the support of Italian Ministry for Cultural Development, Regione Veneto Government, Padova Municipality and Padova Province. In addition, some special projects are supported by private Corporations.
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